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MUHC tour
Construction of MUHC Glen Campus on track
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 20 octobre 2011

Photo: Leila Lemghalef

The MUHC Glen Campus structure is planned to be standing by June 2012.

Reporters were recently invited to tour the 43-acre setting of the MUHC super hospital at the Glen Campus near the Vendôme metro station. They were greeted by Charles Chebl, senior vice-president and general manager of engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin.

The private-public partnership with the MUHC is part of the country’s largest-scale hospital project, a $2.25 billion redevelopment project. This budget is also covering the modernisation of the Mountain Campus and the Lachine Hospital.

The seven-part blueprint of the Glen Campus takes the shape of a crescent with a central corridor spine running through each of the hospitals, which could be seen from the site’s westernmost side.

Several best practices are going to “transform people’s idea of going to the hospital,” said Caroline Phaneuf, MUHC Senior Advisor for Public Affairs and Strategic Planning, during the tour. Features include designated elevators for strict infection control and a heated internal garage for incoming patients.

Plus, “there will be no opportunity to put anyone on a stretcher in the corridor, even in ER,” according to Imma Franco, Associate Director of Planning for Programs and Services for the New MUHC.

Some 80 user-groups are being consulted for the building. By 2012, the number of workers plus office employees working on the Glen Campus will surpass 2000. New equipment tallies to $190 million and many back-of-house services will be shared, such as the adjacent emergency rooms for children and for adults. It is the province’s single health centre that combines adult and paediatric care.

Day visitors and patients will use the lower floors, while longer-term patients will occupy single rooms on the upper floors. There are going to be 500 beds, 30 per cent of which will be for children.

Arrival and departure lanes will be laid out on two different storeys similar to the airport configuration. An estimated 300,000 ambulatory visits are expected each year.

Work on the ground was first undertaken in the spring of 2010 but planning and progress have been underway over the last two years. The towers are now going up and the structure is supposed to be completely up by June 2012.

The high-profile project is being designed and conceptualised phase by phase at the same time as construction is taking place.

The Glen Campus is due to open in 2015. The vicinity’s $3 billion Turcot Interchange reconstruction plan is scheduled to be complete by 2018.

Côte-des-Neiges is known for all of its hospitals. The Jewish General and
St. Mary’s hospitals are just minutes apart. The CHU Sainte-Justine is within a few blocks. Add to that the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal, the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, and the University of Montreal’s medical faculty.

Now the Royal Victoria, Montreal Children’s and Shriner’s hospitals, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Cancer Centre, and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) are all coming to NDG’s doorstep.

[ Leila Lemghalef ]

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